Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 06.01.14

HAPPY NEW YEAR.
On behalf of our Board, staff and members, we would like to wish all our
clients, customers and supporters a very Happy New Year. Hope you all had an
enjoyable Christmas.

OPENING HOURS FOR 2014.
Our opening hours for 2014 will be Monday-Thurs (10am-1pm & 2-5pm) and
Friday 10-1pm. To make sure we provide you with the best service, we would
recommend that you make an appointment in advance if you would like to meet
with a particular staff member. To make an appointment, you can text 087 633
4687 or email kdrc@eircom.net

NEW PART TIME STAFF MEMBER.
We would like to welcome Frances Woodley to our CE team. Frances will work
as a PA to our Manager. We hope this will free up our Manager and enable him
to be more available for client appointments in particular for our sign
language user clients.

Frances will work with us from Wed-Friday. Frances has a hard of hearing
daughter and we hope this experience will be of benefit to her in her role
in our service.

SERVICES & FUNDING IN 2014.
At this stage we have not been informed of any funding cuts for 2014. If our
funding is cut again, we may need to review our current service allocation.
However, we will continue to strive to provide a range of services to our
Deaf and hard of hearing clients and customers.

TOP UP PAYMENTS TO DISABILITY & CHARITY ORGANISATIONS.
The media continues to examine funding to disability services in light of
the fiasco surrounding top up payments to senior personnel in the Central
Remedial Clinic (CRC) and other disability organisations.

Unlike bigger disability services, our service receives only 89,000 euro per
year from the HSE. With growing demands for services, our service is
continuously being stretched and there is very little hope of increased
funding in the foreseeable future.

We welcome the media investigations and fully support their work. This work
needs to be carried out. Otherwise the work of the disability, voluntary and
community sector will continue to be undermined in 2014.

CE VACANCIES WITH DCC.
The Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick has re-advertised two CE
positions.

The closing date for applications for the Deaf Community Officer &
Development Officer positions is Friday 10th January 2013. To submit your CV
or to request further information, you can email: Haaris Sheikh, Director at
haaris@dcclimercik.eu or hr@dcclimerick.eu

INTERNSHIP WITH EUD.
The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is offering out new internships in
2014.  The internship is aimed at Deaf sign language users who want to gain
valuable experience at European level. EUD will cover the intern’s
transportation costs to and from Brussels and pay a monthly allowance of 800
euro.

The internship will be matched to the candidates’ profile: it will either
focus on media and communication or policy work, or a combination of both.
Work will include attendance at events at various European institutions, and
the General Assembly in Athens, Greece, as well as media and film work.
Depending on the task and the intern’s skills and interests he or she will
report to the Policy or the Media & Communication Officer.

For more information, go to
http://eud.eu/uploads/Internship%20Advert%202014-1.pdf

SYMPATHIES TO FAMILY OF MARINA EGAN.
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family & friends of Marina
Egan, a former committee member of the Kerry Deaf Club who passed away
suddenly this last week.

Marina was a huge supporter back in the 1970’s & 1980’s and was part of a
committee made up of parents of deaf children & supporters who secured
funding to purchase the building where our service is now based. May she
rest in peace.

KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level
and contributes to national issues of equality, access and rights.

OUR CONTACT DETAILS:

www.kerrydeaf.com

www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf

www.gofundme.com/ethiopiadeafproject

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: kdrc@eircom.net
Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399